St. Louis to get its first Brasil Day

Two weeks ago, Moacyr Marchini was getting ready to put on Brasil Fest Chicago 2013; today, he’s putting the finishing touches on Brasil Day St. Louis 2013, the first Brazilian street festival in Missouri.

Brasil Day will offer onstage entertainment as well as workshops and activities for all ages, just like its Chicago counterpart — but it will have the advantage of being held on Brazilian Independence Day, Sept. 7.

Marchini himself will perform at least twice, with the Choro Guys quartet and Samba Bom, which has been introducing St. Louians to Brazilian music since the ’90s. And he will be flanked by some of the loyal sidekicks who’ve been bouncing back and forth with him between Chicago, STL and other Midwestern cities for years, including dance instructor Edilson Lima and Will “from Brazil” de Carvalho.

“With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, this is a great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating country and its culture,” said Marchini, who hopes this date will mark the beginning of a new St. Louis late summer tradition. “Everyone is welcome.”

Address: 2900 Missouri Ave., St Louis, MO 63118


1:00 pm – Bossa-Nova Trio with Karlyn Alderson
2:00 pm – Rio Dio Band
3:00 pm – Edilson Lima Dance Lesson
3:30 pm – Choro Guys Quartet
4:45 pm – JOIA: World Percussion Stage & Workshop
5:30 pm – Lauren Wilmore & Group
6:00 pm – Capoeira Angola Center
06:40 pm – Dance Lesson with: Simply Sergio
7:00 pm – Samba Bom Band
8:00 pm – Festival closes

On the sidelines

1:00 pm – Kids’ tent (Face painting, games with kids)
3:00 pm – Capoeira de Angola workshop
4:30 pm – Soccer coaching for kids – Instructor Joty S. Padda
5:30 pm – Special kids’ workshop with: Rodrigo Vagui

Written by Sergio Barreto

Brazilian-American editor, web developer and (occasional) event promoter. As founder and content director for this site, I keep an eye on what's wrong with Brazil, but what really makes my heart beat faster is sharing the exciting things happening in Brazilian tech, music, film, and other creative industries.


  1. Sergio, Thank you very much for the post and for promoting Brazilian Culture and events all over the Midwest-USA. I hope to see you here in St. Louis. Aquele abraço.

    • Greetings Mo! Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to STL, but I can’t wait to see the photos. Feliz Sete de Setembro!


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